Undeclared Republican PA Senate nominee could impact upcoming elections
WASHINGTON, D.C. - There are still a couple of primary races that have not been called yet and could go into a recount, like the open Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat. While Democratic voters showed strong support for Lt. Governor John Fetterman for their nomination, it’s still unclear who will earn the Republican nomination.
Analysts said because the race between Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick is too close to call, it could ultimately hurt Republicans later down the road in their general election for that seat.
“Whoever wins the Republican nomination, once the recount is over, is going to have to deal with the fact that they only got one third, probably, of the Republican primary vote,” said Todd Belt, the director of political management at George Washington University. “That means the two thirds of Republicans did not vote for that candidate. So they have to go out and make amends and bring over people from their own party, particularly in a race where there was quite a bit of mudslinging and attacks going on and that might not be easy.”
Analysts said the Republican party in Pennsylvania has a lot of work to do as making sure their voters get behind the candidate who wins the nomination. They feel confident the Democrats will get in line right behind Lt. Governor John Fetterman who overwhelmingly won the Democratic nomination.